The National FFA Organization awarded an FFA Alumni and Supporters Give Back to Your Roots Grant to the Okawville FFA Alumni. The Okawville FFA Alumni plan to use the funds to purchase additional lab equipment to implement the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) into agriculture classes at Okawville Junior-Senior High School. Okawville agriculture teacher, Mr. Joshua Berg, will be completing the CASE ASP virtual institute from July 25 to August 3.
Funds will be used to purchase Vernier lab sensors, models, lab kits, and supplies related to plant science. Principles of Agricultural Science—Plant is a foundation-level course teaching students the form and function of plant systems. Student experiences include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students learn to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Teachers are provided with detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. The Principles of Agricultural Science—Plant areas of study include Soils, Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy, Growing Environment, Reproduction, Pest and Disease Management, and Crop Production and Marketing.
Nutrien Ag Solutions has provided $90,000 in grants through the National FFA Organization’s FFA Alumni and Supporters Give Back to Your Roots Grant program this year. The purpose of the grants is to cover the cost of the FFA student chapter affiliation fees, assist with plant science-based educational opportunities/equipment and supervised agricultural experience programs, or help purchase necessary supplies and materials for the local agricultural education program.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 683,983 alumni members in 2,535 alumni and supporters chapters.